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A dozen naturally dyed easter eggs made with homemade easter egg dye

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs (With Homemade Easter Egg Dye)

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Easter is almost upon us again! How the past few months have flown by. Winter is drawing to a close, and Spring is starting to show signs of making an appearance. Celebrate your Easter morning and the start of spring with naturally dyed easter eggs using no chemicals, only homemade easter egg dyes made from plants!

Easter in the religious calendar celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and dyed Easter eggs where traditionally given as gifts before chocolate and candy where introduced. Some say that red dyed eggs where given as reminder of ‘The blood of Christ shed during the crucifixion” . Nowadays the act of giving Easter eggs has become more of a popular activity involving chocolate egg hunts.

Naturally dyed Easter eggs are still quite popular as decorations though, and make a great craft for kids! They are most often served at Easter Brunch along with many baked goods, brightly colored sweets, and specially prepared foods.

Related:  German Rosinenbrot (Raisin Bread) 

How To Make Your Own Plant Based Easter Egg Dye

These days most folks will go out and by chemical dyes to dye their Easter eggs. You can save a bit of money though and simply use vegetables scraps from the kitchen to make your own homemade Easter egg dyes!

Examples of naturally dyed easter eggs and which plants are used

Since all plants contain various natural pigments, with a little know how it’s easy to manipulate them to create your own natural dyes. You can even create fancy patterns by wrapping the eggs with leaves, ferns, and flower petals in a stocking or cheese cloth before dying.

Find out how to decorate dyed Easter eggs with plants here.

Dyeing Easter Eggs at Home

There are generally two methods used to dye boiled Easter eggs.

  • In the first is the ‘Hot Method‘ in which the eggs are boiled right in the water with the individual dye ingredients until the desired color is reached. The eggs are then cooled in the liquid to further intensify the color.
  • The second is the ‘Cold Method’ and is my preferred method to naturally dye Easter eggs. In this method the dye and boiled eggs  are prepared separately. The boiled eggs are then placed in the dye overnight to color.
Three pots on the stove contaioning various natural dye ingredients
I tested spinach as a green dye but with very disappointing results. The eggs came out light yellow/brown.

I prefer the second method because you have much more control over three things:

  1. The done-ness of the egg
  2. The intensity of the color
  3. Any patterns you may want to imprint on the egg

I’ve included recipes for six easy to make homemade Easter egg dyes below, and they all follow the same method of preparation. This makes making the homemade dye a simple task, and they can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for later use!

Did you know that brown and white eggs will react differently to natural dyes? Use this to your advantage and create stunning dyed eggs for Easter! – Chef Markus

Homemade Easter Egg Dye Recipes & Tips

So let’s get to it and make some home made Easter egg dye! For each of the various homemade dyes listed below take the plant material and simmer it in the water for 10 to 15 minutes unless otherwise noted. After simmering stir in the vinegar and let cool to room temperature. Strain the homemade Easter egg dye and store in glass jars for later use.

-The vinegar sets the dye, so don’t add it to the liquid before you have a hue you are happy with! Dab a little of the dyed water on a white plate to see what the color is like.

-To achieve evenly dyed eggs, rinse and dry the cold boiled eggs before dying to remove any residue on the egg shell.

-For a deeper and richer color, dye the eggs twice. Let them air dry in between and then rub with a pinch of coconut oil for a glossy sheen,

Pink/Red Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 Beet peeled and diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Note: The longer the eggs sit in the dye, the deeper the red color will be. 1 hour for pink, 3+ hours for red.

Blue/Green Easter Egg Dye

  • 1/4 red cabbage chopped or shredded
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar

Note: If using brown eggs with this dye the eggs will be dyed green

Yellow Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Orange Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 cup packed Spanish onion skins (The dry flakey bits)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Tan Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 cup used coffee grounds
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Light Aqua Easter Egg Dye

  • 1/3 red Cabbage Shredded
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Note: Simmer the cabbage for 30 minutes, then add the baking soda to the dye. Let the dye cool, before stirring in the vinegar.

The homemade Easter egg dye can all be prepared in advance and stored in mason jars in the fridge. and the eggs dyed the night before Easter.

hard boiled eggs in jars of homemade easter egg dye

I tend to boil my eggs the night before easter and simply place the eggs in the jars of dye the night before Easter. The longer the eggs sit in the dye the stronger the pigment will be.

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Use vegetable scraps and spices to dye your Easter eggs this year. Making homemade Easter egg dye is a fun DIY craft kids and adults can both enjoy!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Canadian, German
Keyword Easter, Easter Brunch, homemade easter eggs, how to dye easter eggs
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 colored Easter eggs
Calories 930kcal
Author Chef Markus Mueller

Ingredients

Pink/ Red Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 Beet peeled and diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Blue/Green Easter Egg Dye

  • 1/4 red cabbage chopped or shredded
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar

Yellow Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Orange Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 cup packed Spanish onion skins The dry flakey bits
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Tan Easter Egg Dye

  • 1 cup used coffee grounds
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Aqua Easter Egg Dye

  • 1/3 red Cabbage Shredded
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Instructions

  • Take the plant material and simmer it in the water for 10 to 15 minutes unless otherwise noted. 
  • After simmering stir in the vinegar and let cool to room temperature. 
  • Strain the homemade Easter egg dye and store in glass jars for later use.

Notes

Note: The longer the eggs sit in the dye, the deeper the red color will be. 1 hour for pink, 3+ hours for red. Note: If using brown eggs with this dye the eggs will be dyed green

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